Antedating of "Son of a Bitch"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Mar 23 14:29:59 UTC 2013

son of a bitch (OED 1707)

1665 Monsieur Scarron _The Comical Romance_ 8 (Early English Books Online)  They soon knew their own clothes worn by _Therore_ and _Herod_, and the most cholerick of the two turning towards the Marker: Son of a Bitch, said he, wherefore didst thou lend my clothes to that Puppet-player?

Fred Shapiro

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